FG tells federal universities not to collect tuition fees

No federal university should charge tuition fees because the law does not allow it, the Federal Executive Council stated on Wednesday.

The Minister of State for Education, Anthony Anwuka, stated this while briefing State House correspondents shortly after the Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

Anwuka said the council discussed the school fees being charged by various universities “and noted that as of law, no federal university should charge tuition fees.”

He also stated that the council understood that some federal universities charged fees per course unit,

The minister said the government would investigate and stop this.

Anwuka said the National Universities Commission had been directed to clarify and update the council on the matter.

He said: “We understand some universities now charge fees per course unit and we are going to make sure that we investigate that properly and make it stop.

“Students can pay other auxiliary fees, but not in excess. Various university councils and management should be able to fix what fees students should pay that is affordable and acceptable to the students. That is the position.

“The federal government does not determine fees for private and state universities. It only takes responsibility for fees paid in the federal universities.”

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